The Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia have agreed to purchase H145M helicopters from Airbus Helicopters.
Under the agreed terms, Serbian Air Force and Police will receive nine latest generation helicopters to conduct different missions such as transport, search-and-rescue (SAR), combat, medical evacuation, surveillance and security.
The deal is in line with the country's modernisation plan, under which Serbia will also receive aircraft and equipment from Russia, reported Reuters.
Serbia signed the agreement amid tensions over the donation of fighter jets by Russia, The Associated Press reported.
The deal also covers associated logistic support, including spare parts, tools and documentation.
Airbus will also take responsibility to maintain and repair the helicopters being purchased by Serbia.
Additionally, the agreement includes equipping, training and certification of 'Moma Stanojlovic' aeronautical plant as centre for maintenance of Gazelle helicopters, as well as Moma inclusion in Airbus Helicopters overhaul network, the defence ministry said in a statement.
It also includes support to Serbian manufacturing plants and R&D institution in order to obtain relevant qualifications and certifications, combined with seeking of opportunities for engagement of Serbian industrial capabilities and procurement of its goods and services, the statement said.
The H145M is equipped with a modern digital glass cockpit, night vision goggle compatability, and Airbus Helicopters’ advanced Helionix avionics suite with a 4-axis digital autopilot, according to the company.
It also features an upgraded transmission system and Fenestron shrouded tail rotor for improved anti-torque control.
Image: Airbus Helicopters and Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior of Republic of Serbia sign helicopter procurement contract. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of Defence Republic of Serbia.